Practical Tips for a Hospital Stay

If you’ve suffered a missed miscarriage you might already be booked in for medical intervention to help things along, but if your experience is happening naturally you may also find yourself unexpectedly visiting A&E if you feel really unwell or notice any other signs of infection.

In either case, it can be useful to have an overnight or weekend bag packed so you’re fully prepared for a hospital visit. Below is a list I’ve compiled from helpful suggestions – if you have any you’d like to add you can get in touch via the Contact form (anonymously, if you’d prefer).

  • Pack thick pads (the comfier the better) – you’ll be provided with pads at the hospital if you need them but you might feel more comfortable with the ones you’ve been using if they’ve been working out well for you.
  • Take a change of clothes and a few changes of underwear. A dressing gown or old PJs or sweatpants might make you feel a bit better.
  • Although the hospital will ensure you have most things you need, taking your own toiletries will make you feel better. Have a small travel bag packed (no scented shower gel or bath products incase of infection) with a spare hair band, extra wet wipes and pack of tissues etc; that way you’ve got everything you might need within reach without having to call for a nurse.
  •  Keep some emergency supplies in your bag – crisps, chocolate, anything you might fancy. If you’re not allowed to eat or drink prior to a procedure you’ll be told in advance.
  • Grab a few magazines, a book, your kindle, an Ipad, whatever is going to help you pass the time if you’re faced with a long wait. Don’t forget chargers for any devices too incase they run out of juice while you’re there.
  • Tuck some money into a pocket incase you fancy a coffee or snack from the vending machine, want to buy something from the shop or need to get a taxi home.
  • Medical Notes – if you’ve got any medical notes from previous visits, pop them into an inside pocket. Although they should be on your record it might be handy should you have to go to A&E in ensuring you’re referred to the correct department; it can also make it very easy to explain why you’re there without having to do much talking yourself.